Becoming a HTML Help/Winhelp expert author doesn't require technical or programming knowledge if you use HTML help authoring tools. You can create help projects complete with contents trees, index and images very easily with HTML help authoring tools.
You can then compile your output into at different help formats depending on the software tool you use. All you need to do is click one button and your help file could be compiled in any of the following formats.
Now the de facto standard in Windows Help Authoring essential for Windows 7 & Windows 10. It is very flexible but is rapidly being replaced by pure HTML web pages. This option creates compiled html files called .CHM files.
Produces a website help system that will work on any platform. It includes Contents, an Index and a simple Search engine.
Produce a Printable manual or an RTF file that you can edit and manipulate in MS Word or your favourite word processor.
Produce Adobe compatible PDF files that are not platform dependant. PDF files are very popular because they look like a printed manual and are searchable and when you print you get what you see.
Simple HTML Help
Compile your Project into a single .HTM file, with Table of Contents and Index and all images converted to the correct format, suitable for use on portable devices.
Old Windows Help Winhelp
Produce traditional .HLP files, which have been used since the early 1990s and are almost extinct today, due to Microsoft not supporting their old formats! Html Help is the successor to Winhelp.